Dr Daniela Dalmonech

Experienced Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry


Research Project: Benchmarking datasets for the evaluation of ecosystem models

Supervisor: Dr Sönke Zaehle (Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry)
Secondary Supervisors: Dr Laurent Bopp (Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique), Dr Filipe Aires (Estellus)

Project Description

To develop a comprehensive series of benchmarks and associated methodologies for the systematic and quantitative evaluation of ESMs, with an emphasis on current regional and global biogeochemical cycles and their future behaviours. This task will be undertaken in close collaboration with the model comparison tasks T2.1 ('MAREMIP') and T3.1 ('TERREMIP'). Foci will be on the compilation and harmonisation of existing in situ measurements, inventories, atmospheric observations, and remote sensing datasets, and on developing evaluation techniques that move beyond simply testing models to the rigorous provision of constraints on future projections.

Selected Publications

  • Dalmonech, D and Zaehle, S. 2013. Towards a more objective evaluation of modelled land-carbon trends using atmospheric CO2 and satellite-based vegetation activity observations. Biogeosciences, 10, 4189-4210. doi:10.5194/bg-10-4189-2013
  • Foley A M, Dalmonech D , Friend A D, Aires F, Archibald A, Bartlein P, Bopp L, Chappellaz J, Cox P, Edwards N R, Feulner G, Friedlingstein P, Harrison S P, Hopcroft P O, Jones C D, Kolassa J, Levine J G, Prentice I C, Pyle J, Vázquez Riveiros N, Wolff E W and Zaehle S. 2013. Evaluation of biospheric components in Earth system models using modern and palaeo observations: the state-of-the-art. Biogeosciences Discuss, 10 (7), 10937-10995. doi:10.5194/bgd-10-10937-2013
  • Luo Y Q, Randerson J, Abramowitz G, Bacour C, Blyth E, Carvalhais N, Ciais P, Dalmonech D, Fisher J, Fisher R, Friedlingstein P, Hibbard K, Hoffman F, Huntzinger D, Jones C D, Koven C, Lawrence D, Li D J, Mahecha M, Niu S L, Norby R, Piao S L, Qi X, Peylin P, Prentice I C, Riley W, Reichstein M, Schwalm C, Wang Y P, Xia J Y, Zaehle S, and Zhou X H. 2012. A framework of benchmarking land models. Biogeosciences., 9, 3857-3874. doi:10.5194/bg-9-3857-2012
  • Zaehle S and Dalmonech D. 2011. Carbon-nitrogen interactions on land at global scales: Current understanding in modelling climate biosphere feedbacks. Current Opinions in Environmental Sustainability 3, (5), 311-320.